Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In celebration of Earth Month, the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services will present the 5th Annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo, Saturday, April 14, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Waikiki Aquarium. The FREE expo will present entertaining and informative booths that showcase programs that preserve and protect Hawaii's environment. The Mauka to Makai theme represents the importance of keeping O'ahu's streams and storm water runoff free of pollution, from the mountaintops to the ocean.

Activities include hands-on educational displays, picture taking with Apoha the oopu and friends, water pollution prevention games and activity books and ocean-related arts and crafts for the keiki. The first 500 families to visit 15 booths will receive a free native Hawaiian plant, courtesy of HECO; and everyone gets a free tote bag as long as supplies last. Drawings will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for great water-related prizes, including passes to the Waikk Aquarium, beach umbrellas and boogie boards. Food will be available for purchase for picnicking.

School children from Waikiki Elementary School will team up with the Waikiki Aquarium and Expo title sponsors, including the Mayor and officials from the City Department of Environmental Services and the State Department of Health, to release moi, raised by the Waikiki Aquarium, in the waters behind the aquarium within the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District. The public is invited to watch and cheer them on at 11:30 a.m.

Admission to the Waikiki Aquarium's Earth Day festivities is free. Sponsors are the City & County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services - Storm Water Quality Branch and the State Department of Health - Clean Water Branch, Polluted Run-off Control Program. Free parking and shuttle service are available at Waikiki Elementary School beginning at 8:45 a.m.

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